Canadian Prisons

Prison Cell Phone Seizures Rising

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Annual seizures of mobile phones from federal prisoners have more than doubled in recent years as correctional officials try to prevent their...

Modern Canadian Jails Designed Against Helicopter Jailbreaks: Expert

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Two brazen jailbreaks from Quebec correctional facilities involving the use of helicopters may have shocked everyday Canadians, but security...

CRAMMED By Law

CBC | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada

New figures show the number of visible minorities in Canadian prisons has increased by 75 per cent in the past decade, while the number and proportion...

Why Are There So Many Aboriginal People in Prison?

David Langtry | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Politics
David Langtry

I find it shocking that close to one in four inmates in the federal correctional system is an Aboriginal person. Yet Aboriginal people make up only four percent of our population. They are ten times more likely than anyone else to end up in jail. And that number is climbing. What does this say about our country? I appreciate the complexity of these issues, and the challenges of dealing with them. But denying the facts doesn't make them disappear. This is not the Canada I grew up in. The Canada I know and love. The Canada the world admires.

Toews Pulled Into Spat Over HUGE Spike In Aboriginal Inmates

CBC | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada Politics

Canada's prison watchdog is calling on Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to intervene after receiving an "insufficient" and "dismissive" response to hi...

How Canadian Prisons Torture the Mentally Ill

Renu Mandhane | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Renu Mandhane

In recommendations released today, the UN Committee Against Torture slammed Canada's treatment of prisoners with mental health issues. Given that Canada is viewed by many as the "gold standard" in corrections, these findings are also an important reminder that serious problems remain within the Correctional Service of Canada.

Go to Prison, Get a Great Job

Aviva Rubin | Posted 05.10.2012 | Canada
Aviva Rubin

According to former Ontario corrections minister Robert Sampson, mandatory minimum sentencing is a great tool for getting people the education and training they need to successfully reintegrate and contribute to society.